Tuesday, October 21, 2014

A camping we will go

So on Friday we did a mock-22 speed packing session, grabbed Ava from gymnastics and headed to Pocahontas State Park to try to nab one of the last three camp sites since it was too late to reserve a site online.

And we scored a great site! They don't let you pick a site until you get there, which is nice if you are late reserving one. And we loved going here because it was only 11.2 miles away. The bathrooms were very clean and close and they even have a playground and a pool. I just loved the running water and clean bathrooms. When we go camping in Hocking Hills we don't have running water.

We had such a great time that the whole family didn't want to leave. It was a magical time and the weather cooperated. Beautiful night and so much fun with the whole family roasting hot dogs and marshmallows and taking a hike the next day.

Sophie, Ava and Ryder after dinner roasting marshmallows  

Burnt. Just like we like them! 

Ryder and daddy right before Ryder's epic diaper mess. It was seriously epic. 

Time for breakfast mom! 

Our sad attempt at brewing coffee over the fire -- I drank every last bit though. 

The weather this weekend was so amazing -- crips and fall beautiful! 

The tent kept the kids occupied the whole time. They loved playing in it. We had them sound asleep by 8:30 pm. 

In the morning we did some leaf tracing and journaling what we saw. My personal favorite part since the girls got to use their summer journal more. 

The kids had fun meeting the other family next to our camp site. 

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Three ways to really jack up your training for a race

This gorgeous weather was a mood booster! We had planned on going camping on Saturday with the kids, but camp sites at Pocohantes State Park were full!

So we scrambled mid-day Friday to find a spot (no go) and decided to risk it and drive the 30-minute drive to the park. We got a spot! The kids had a blast and I will post more photos on Monday. It was gorgeous outside with the fall weather and leaves turning bright yellow and red. 

I did my long run on Sunday (today) and loved running the 10 miles from my plan around a 10 min pace. My goal was to run it slow enough to recover easily during the week. Although I did the hilly loop twice, I felt strong and loved having Mike and Ikes as my fuel, along with gatorade. 

During my run, I was thinking that I have really learned from past race training mistakes. Even though I miss my running training bestie Sarah. :) And this quote below is one of my favorites this cycle. 

Three ways to really jack 
up your training for a race 

Be a speedster on every run and never run easy long runs or mid-runs

This is pretty self explanatory. :) During my training for my second half marathon, I wanted to break some crazy time barriers. And I trained super hard. Like I would leave training and be ready to crash on my couch. Too fast!

So when I got to the race I did a great job, but I didn't make my time goal because I had ran too fast. I did knock 15 minutes off my first race though. 

Fail to plan your long run fueling 
Since you are not racing for time on your long run, you should try to practice fueling. I am getting pretty good at knowing what my body needs. I am super beautiful when I run (not really) and sweat like a pig. More than most people in fact. :) 

So, I know that gatorade is needed a little more than other people who don't sweat as much. Also, I eat Mike and Ike's about every half mile after mile 3 so that my blood sugar stays even. This is just what works for me. 

Race someone else's race 
I was talking with a friend about racing and we both agreed that runners have different tempos. Some people like to speed up when they feel good and "bank" time, while others like to negative split. Others like to walk through fueling stations, while their friends hold their fuel. 

I was running today my 10 miles and had stopped to drink my gatorade so that I wouldn't spill it all over myself (!) and two runners said to me, "don't stop!" 

For some reason this just made me mad. They didn't probably mean to, but if the runner was a newbie, they could injure that runner. You have to have some breaks on long runs to drink. Not stopping to drink gatorade and running 10 miles without fuel is actually really dumb. :) 

This also goes with running your own race. Run at your pace and enjoy it!

My motto this training cycle is "Be your best fan, instead of your worst critic." 

Do you have any training mottos? 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Steals and Deals

How cute is this DIY costume for a black cat?

Sophie and Ava have both decided they wanted to dress like cute cats for trick r treat this year so I have been doing some research.

Pottery Barn has a cat costume for $50! Holy moly. That's just a little crazy when it's a black shirt with tulle skirt and ears $50 X 2!

Here's Pottery Barn's cat costume

DIY cat costume from Do It Yourself Divas 

Which one would you do?! :) 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Workout Tuesday

It's workout Tuesday here.

Although honestly I don't feel like working out! Ryder got up around 5:30 am this morning and I am supposed to run during his school time today.

This amazing almost 70 degree weather will make the run better though. I really dislike running indoors when it's beautiful outside.

Yesterday I really enjoyed working out. I just took it easy and did abs and arms along with squats. I also swam laps for the first time in a long time. It felt so good and it made me want to keep going with the swimming again. And Ryder and I went swimming and had lunch and we had such a fun time. I am trying to be more intentional about doing fun things with him and not just running errands or cleaning. He really loved it and loved the water squirt tube that was at our gym.

My friend at the gym is a yoga instructor and I asked her for some advice for sore quads yesterday from running. I was so sore from running that it hurt to jump up and down.

So she showed me this pose. The pose of death. :)

And well,  "asana ow!" as the article said!

It hurt. In a good way!

My long run this week is 10 miles that I have to get in before we go camping.

And how funny is Mindy? I love that show!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Week update

Ava and Ellie went to Kidz Bop on Saturday and loved it. Ava had such a blast going with her friend and came home singing. She was ready at 10 am that morning to go for the night! 

Her grandma Shmidt gave her the horse outfit and she loves the sparkles. 

Little Ryder is two and loves playing outside with sticks. He doesn't need many toys since he just loves to run and explore. 

I was trying to head to Nordstrom to return shoes Sophie had that had a hole in them. But, he didn't want to stop playing. 

Enjoying the beautiful fall day. 

Classic Ryder 

Pumpkin pizza 
Making dinner fun is something we try to do since with a toddler it's not fun going out that much. It's def. more easier and healthier to eat at home. We had fun making pumpkin shaped pizzas last week. I used the Pioneer Woman's pizza dough recipe. The trick is to let the dough rise for at least 2 hours. So, if I am making the pizza, I start the dough around Ryder's nap time. Also, you can make it whole wheat, but you may want to go half and half. I think it tastes better that way. 

Basil from our garden for the stem. 

Pumpkin pancakes
We are on a pumpkin kick! I added 1 TB cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon of cloves along with 1/2 cup of pumpkin to our pancake recipe. Yum!! Loved it! I also added bran fiber to the top. 

Sophie is loving Kindergarten. Her teacher is super sweet and she is learning so much. Right now she is writing sentences and learning to count to 100. She just loves it. I took back the shoes here and Nordstrom was awesome and let me have a new pair. Love their customer service. 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Caper and tomato bagels

We have this amazing farmer's market in Richmond called South of the James.

At the market, you go and head straight for the back where they have a bagel stand with a long line that serves homemade cream cheese on a bagel with basil, capers, tomatoes, and fresh greens and diced onions. It's so popular it was voted one of the top five eats at the market.

I made this last week after a long run and Brandon and I loved it. It's a great brunch eat and super healthy. And you don't have to wait for 45 minutes to get it!!

Bagels with cream cheese, tomatoes and capers

Add cream cheese to toasted bagel

Add fresh basil, micro greens (I just used arugula), tomatoes, capers, salt and pepper and diced red onions.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Weekend update

This weekend we had some beautiful fall weather where our temps hit 44! Wow, I can't even believe it's time for fall and colder weather.

Brandon had to work bingo for Ava's gymnastics on Friday and that means he gets home around 3:30 am. So we decided to go to Hope Saturday night for the Garage, a family introduction to their new lesson plan. It was super cute and the kids loved it.

After church Brandon picked Mekong for celebrating his birthday, which is this Friday. We ordered two spring rolls and then the kids ate ours! So we ordered another round with their vin. sauce. We both ordered pho soup with the thai basil, bean sprouts, hot sauce and peppers and fresh lime with beef in the soup. Soooo good! I love their pho soup.

Half training

Half training is actually going really good. Maybe it's because I am putting zero pressure on myself on pace or maybe it's because the heat and humidity is gone.

Sadly, Sarah's knee is really hurting her and I have lost my running partner. Can I say how much I will miss running with her? I loved our mid-runs and long runs. After running and walking with Sarah on Saturday, I finished out my prescribed long run for week 6.

Time on Feet 
Week 6 called for a 5k race, but I subbed in a 9.5 mile long run.

The day was bright and sunny and 44 (!) and it was gorgeous!!

I didn't use fuel other than gatorade and I still felt really amazing. I did the first 2.5 as a warmup and the seven around 9:37. Not sure why I felt so great and kept having to slow myself down. Just going with the theory that somedays you feel amazing.

I finally feel like I am getting my old speed and time on feet back. It doesn't feel so hard to run long anymore.

However, I do think I need new shoelaces because they kept on coming untied. I had to stop three times after running up hills to retie them.

Overall, my goal for long runs is a comfortable pace and to get used to being on my feet for long stretches of time. If you are running your first half this fall, time on feet helps you stay motivated during your actual race and although it makes training harder, it makes your actual race easier because your muscles, arms and abs, as well as feet are used to running for 60, 90 or 120 minutes.

If you are feeling worried about running double digits -- just break down the mileage into doable miles to help you. I always break up runs into threes or fours. First three miles are warmup, middle three - four are the miles you can use to concentrate on form, and last miles you can work on mental strength.

Have a great Monday! Tomorrow I am posting a recipe for the seriously best french fries ever. They are kind've my favorite thing!